Walk for Wishes Day

What a wonderfully fun day in the sun with friends walking for a great cause! I wrote a while back that I was going to participate in a Walk for Wishes event with my buddy Logan and as promise some pictures from the day!

The team of Logan's Hero's at the Walk for Wishes - Make a Wish Walk!

The team of Logan’s Hero’s at the Walk for Wishes – Make a Wish Walk!

I didn’t realize my “fisheye” effect was on my camera at first, so the first dozen or so pictures have the funky effect on them! Such a fun time walking with all my Ninja Turtle team.

Blitz the Seahawks mascot was hanging out with the Wish team today!

Blitz the Seahawks mascot was hanging out with the Wish team today!

There was so much going on at this event; balloon animals, face painting, snacks and prizes, Blitz from the Seahawks, a huge guy from Halo, bouncy houses and lots of sunshine!

Brandy and Logan listening to an inspirational Wish Kid!

Brandy and Logan listening to an inspirational Wish Kid!

The young boy who spoke has suffered from kidney decease all his life and was lucky enough to receive a transplant last year. His wish was to meet the band Macklemore and he said the excitement of the wish and the wish itself truly helped him get through some very sad and scary times in his life. For a very young man he did a wonderful job!

Team Logan walking the course!

Team Logan walking the course!

I'm a Frenchie fan and so I had to capture one of the cute little canine walkers!

I’m a Frenchie fan and so I had to capture one of the cute little canine walkers!

I had such a fun day!

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I made some new friends, was inspired by so many brave kids and selfless volunteers, got to spend the day with Logan who is such a cool, sweet and wonderful guy and to top it all off got in a nice workout! Absolutely no better way to spend a lovely Sunday!

How did you spend your Sunday?

 

 

Walking for Make-A-Wish

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The little boy in the picture is my good buddy Logan. He was diagnosed with Leigh’s disease about two years ago after years of diagnostic testing. Leigh’s is a Mitochondrial disease. You can read more about Leigh’s disease here and here. But the short explanation is:

“Leigh’s disease, genetic mutations in mitochondrial DNA interfere with the energy sources that run cells in an area of the brain that plays a role in motor movements. The primary function of mitochondria is to convert the energy in glucose and fatty acids into a substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The energy in ATP drives virtually all of a cell’s metabolic functions. Genetic mutations in mitochondrial DNA, therefore, result in a chronic lack of energy in these cells, which in turn affects the central nervous system and causes progressive degeneration of motor functions.”       There is no cure.

Logan is the sweetest, funniest, smartest and kindest boy I have ever met with the strongest spirit of anyone I know. He was granted a wish from Make-A-Wish foundation to go to Disneyland last year. It was an amazing time for the family to get to relax, be taken care of and enjoy their time together. They continue to talk about what a special experience it was and the outstanding team from Make-A-Wish.

So this year, as a way of giving back to an organization that gave them such a special memory and to help other children get that same chance, Brandy (Logan’s Mom), Logan and their family are participating in the Make-A-Wish walk in September.  And lucky me, I was invited to join them at the walk and of course help them raise money for our participation.

So I have pledged to try to raise at least $100 prior to the September 14th walk and am hoping that some of my readers might want to help support my walk by pledging a donation to Make-A-Wish. Any donation, big or small would be greatly appreciated.

I promise to take lots of pictures and share the experience of the day with everyone.

Thank you for your consideration!